The Ring of the Dove

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The Ring of the Dove
The Ring of the Dove
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AuthorIbn Hazm
Original titleطوق الحمامة

The Ring of the Dove or Ṭawq al-Ḥamāmah (Arabic: طوق الحمامة)[1] is a treatise on love written in the year 1022 by Ibn Hazm.[1] Normally a writer of theology and law, Ibn Hazm produced his only work of literature with The Ring of the Dove.[2] He was heavily influenced by Plato's Phaedrus,[3] though the bulk of the work was still his own writing, rather than an anthology of other works.[4] Although the human aspects of affection are the primary concern, the book was still written from the perspective of a devout Muslim, and as such chastity and restraint were common themes.

The book provides a glimpse into Ibn Hazm's own psychology. Ibn Hazm's teenage infatuation with one of his family's maids is often quoted as an example of the sort of chaste, unrequited love about which the author wrote.[4]

The work has been published into English multiple times. A. R. Nykl [Wikidata] of the Oriental Institute of Chicago translated the work and his translation appeared in 1931[1] and A. J. Arberry's translation was published in 1951.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Hitti, p. 58
  2. ^ Ibn Hazm (1994), p. 9
  3. ^ Joseph A. Kechichian, A mind of his own. Gulf News: 21:30 December 20, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Lois A. Giffen, "Ibn Hazm and the Tawq al-Hamama. Taken from The Legacy of Muslim Spain, pg. 424. Ed. Salma Jayyusi. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 1994.
  5. ^ Ibn Hazm (1994), p. 4

Further reading[edit]

  • Hitti, Philip K.; Pétrof, D. K.; Nykl, A. R.; Petrof, D. K. (March 1932). "Review". Journal of the American Oriental Society. American Oriental Society. 52 (1): 58–59. doi:10.2307/593583. JSTOR 593583.
  • Ibn Hazm (1994). The Ring of the Dove: A Treatise on the Art and Practice of Arab Love. trans. A. J. Arberry. London: Luzac Oriental. ISBN 1-898942-03-X.

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